Nature Sightings

We invite you to enjoy these wildlife images and videos that have been sent to us by members and friends from throughout our region.

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Latest Sightings:

Chicken of the Woods in Lincoln

September 18, 2018

Chicken of the woods in Lincoln, photographed by Harold McAleer.
Chicken of the woods in Lincoln, photographed by Harold McAleer.

Harold McAleer photographed these chicken of the woods mushrooms in Lincoln.

Gray Tree Frog in Framingham

September 14, 2018

A gray tree frog in Framingham, photographed by Kathy Spellman.
A gray tree frog in Framingham, photographed by Kathy Spellman.
A gray tree frog in Framingham, photographed by Kathy Spellman.
A gray tree frog in Framingham, photographed by Kathy Spellman.
A gray tree frog in Framingham, photographed by Kathy Spellman.
A gray tree frog in Framingham, photographed by Kathy Spellman.

Kathy Spellman photographed this gray tree frog, demonstrating its remarkable ability to camouflage itself, near her Framingham home.

Green Heron at Hager Pond in Marlborough

September 14, 2018

A green heron at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A green heron at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A green heron at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A green heron at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A green heron at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A green heron at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed this green heron at Hager Pond in Marlborough.

Phoebe and Dragonfly in Southborough

September 14, 2018

An eastern phoebe at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
An eastern phoebe at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A ruby meadowhawk at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A ruby meadowhawk at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed an eastern phoebe and a ruby meadowhawk at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough.

Spider in Northborough

September 14, 2018

An orb weaver in Northborough, photographed by Marnie Frankian.
An orb weaver in Northborough, photographed by Marnie Frankian.

Marnie Frankian photographed this orb weaver near her Northborough home.

Red-tailed Hawk in Boxborough

September 8, 2018

A red-tailed hawk in Boxborough, photographed by Steve Cumming.
A red-tailed hawk in Boxborough, photographed by Steve Cumming.

Steve Cumming used his automatically triggered wildlife camera to photograph this red-tailed hawk with a large green caterpillar in Boxborough.

Birds at Hager Pond and Grist Mill Pond

September 7, 2018

A belted kingfisher, photographed by Steve Forman.
A belted kingfisher, photographed by Steve Forman.
A killdeer, photographed by Steve Forman.
A killdeer, photographed by Steve Forman.
A wood duck, photographed by Steve Forman.
A wood duck, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed a belted kingfisher, a killdeer, and a wood duck at Hager Pond in Marlborough and Grist Mill Pond in Sudbury.

Common Raven in Southborough

September 7, 2018

A common raven in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A common raven in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed this common raven at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough.

Tufted Titmouse in Stow

September 6, 2018

A tufted titmouse in Stow.
A tufted titmouse in Stow.
A tufted titmouse in Stow.
A tufted titmouse in Stow.
A tufted titmouse in Stow.
A tufted titmouse in Stow.

Steve from Stow photographed this tufted titmouse at his bird bath.

American Goldfinch in Southborough

September 5, 2018

An American goldfinch at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
An American goldfinch at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
An American goldfinch at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
An American goldfinch at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed an American goldfinch at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough.

Grasshoppers and a hummingbird in Boylston

September 5, 2018

Grasshoppers at Tower Hill Botanical Garden in Boylston, photographed by Steve Forman.
Grasshoppers at Tower Hill Botanical Garden in Boylston, photographed by Steve Forman.
A ruby-throated hummingbird at Tower Hill Botanical Garden in Boylston, photographed by Steve Forman.
A ruby-throated hummingbird at Tower Hill Botanical Garden in Boylston, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed grasshoppers and a ruby-throated hummingbird at Tower Hill Botanical Garden in Boylston.

Wood Ducks in Sudbury

September 5, 2018

Wood ducks on Grist Mill Pond in Sudbury, photographed by Steve Forman.
Wood ducks on Grist Mill Pond in Sudbury, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed these wood ducks at Grist Mill Pond in Sudbury.

Backyard Nature in Sudbury

September 1, 2018

A bumble bee in Sudbury, photographed by Sharon Tentarelli.
A bumble bee in Sudbury, photographed by Sharon Tentarelli.
A monarch caterpillar in Sudbury, photographed by Sharon Tentarelli.
A monarch caterpillar in Sudbury, photographed by Sharon Tentarelli.
A downy woodpecker in Sudbury, photographed by Sharon Tentarelli.
A downy woodpecker in Sudbury, photographed by Sharon Tentarelli.
A common grackle in Sudbury, photographed by Sharon Tentarelli.
A common grackle in Sudbury, photographed by Sharon Tentarelli.
A monarch butterfly in Sudbury, photographed by Sharon Tentarelli.
A monarch butterfly in Sudbury, photographed by Sharon Tentarelli.
A mourning dove in Sudbury, photographed by Sharon Tentarelli.
A mourning dove in Sudbury, photographed by Sharon Tentarelli.
Turkeys in Sudbury, photographed by Sharon Tentarelli.
Turkeys in Sudbury, photographed by Sharon Tentarelli.

Sharon Tentarelli photographed a bumble bee, a monarch caterpillar, a downy woodpecker, a common grackle, a monarch butterfly, a mourning dove, and a family of turkeys near her home in Sudbury.

Autumn Meadowhawk in Sudbury

August 31, 2018

An autumn meadowhawk in Sudbury, photographed by Sharon Tentarelli.
An autumn meadowhawk in Sudbury, photographed by Sharon Tentarelli.

Sharon Tentarelli photographed this autumn meadowhawk dragonfly in Sudbury.

Cormorant and Great Blue Heron in Marlborough

August 30, 2018

A double-crested cormorant at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A double-crested cormorant at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A double-crested cormorant at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A double-crested cormorant at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A great blue heron at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A great blue heron at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed a double-crested cormorant and a great blue heron at Hager Pond in Marlborough.

Walkingstick in Harvard

August 30, 2018

A walkingstick in Harvard, photographed by Robin Right.
A walkingstick in Harvard, photographed by Robin Right.

Robin Right photographed this walkingstick in Harvard.

Black-capped Chickadee in Lincoln

August 29, 2018

A black-capped chicadee in Lincoln, photographed by Harold McAleer.
A black-capped chicadee in Lincoln, photographed by Harold McAleer.

Harold McAleer photographed this black-capped chickadee in Lincoln.

Ruby-throated Hummingbird in Lincoln

August 28, 2018

A ruby-throated hummingbird in Lincoln, photographed by Harold McAleer.
A ruby-throated hummingbird in Lincoln, photographed by Harold McAleer.

Harold McAleer photographed this ruby-throated hummingbird in Lincoln.

Woodchuck in Northborough

August 28, 2018

A woodchuck in Northborough, photographed by Sandy Howard.
A woodchuck in Northborough, photographed by Sandy Howard.

Sandy Howard photographed this woodchuck climbing to reach a grapevine near her home in Northborough.

American Goldfinches in Southborough

August 27, 2018

An American goldfinch at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
An American goldfinch at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
An American goldfinch at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
An American goldfinch at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed American goldfinches at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough.

Mute Swans and a Wood Duck at Farm Pond in Framingham

August 27, 2018

Mute Swans at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Piraino.
Mute Swans at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Piraino.
A wood duck at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Piraino.
A wood duck at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Piraino.

Steve Forman photographed mute swans and a wood duck at Farm Pond in Framingham.

Backyard Birds in Sudbury

August 26, 2018

A Cooper's hawk in Sudbury, photographed by Sharon Tentarelli.
A Cooper's hawk in Sudbury, photographed by Sharon Tentarelli.
A ruby-throated hummingbird in Sudbury, photographed by Sharon Tentarelli.
A ruby-throated hummingbird in Sudbury, photographed by Sharon Tentarelli.
A ruby-throated hummingbird in Sudbury, photographed by Sharon Tentarelli.
A ruby-throated hummingbird in Sudbury, photographed by Sharon Tentarelli.
A ruby-throated hummingbird in Sudbury, photographed by Sharon Tentarelli.
A ruby-throated hummingbird in Sudbury, photographed by Sharon Tentarelli.
A ruby-throated hummingbird in Sudbury, photographed by Sharon Tentarelli.
A ruby-throated hummingbird in Sudbury, photographed by Sharon Tentarelli.

Sharon Tentarelli photographed a Cooper's hawk and ruby-throated hummingbirds in Sudbury.

Red Squirrel in Northborough

August 26, 2018

A red squirrel in Northborough, photographed by Sandy Howard.
A red squirrel in Northborough, photographed by Sandy Howard.

Sandy Howard photographed this red squirrel in Northborough.

Insects in Boylston

August 25, 2018

An eastern carpenter bee at Tower Hill Botanical Garden in Boylston, photographed by Steve Forman.
An eastern carpenter bee at Tower Hill Botanical Garden in Boylston, photographed by Steve Forman.
A monarch butterfly at Tower Hill Botanical Garden in Boylston, photographed by Steve Forman.
A monarch butterfly at Tower Hill Botanical Garden in Boylston, photographed by Steve Forman.
A monarch caterpillar at Tower Hill Botanical Garden in Boylston, photographed by Steve Forman.
A monarch caterpillar at Tower Hill Botanical Garden in Boylston, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed an eastern carpenter bee, a monarch caterpillar, and a monarch butterfly at Tower Hill Botanical Garden in Boylston.

Double-crested Cormorant and Green Heron in Marlborough

August 24, 2018

A double-crested cormorant at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A double-crested cormorant at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A double-crested cormorant at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A double-crested cormorant at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A double-crested cormorant at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A double-crested cormorant at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A green heron at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A green heron at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A green heron at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A green heron at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A green heron at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A green heron at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A green heron at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A green heron at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed a double-crested cormorant and a green heron with a fish at Hager Pond in Marlborough.